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Reds v Highlanders - Live
REDS 38-31 HIGHLANDERS
80 TRY, REDS, SCHATZ! 38-31: Reds are up to five metres out! Heartbreaker! Schatz has scored! What a conclusion as Suncorp erupts! A double for Schatz and the Reds will win this one the hard way. Unbelievable finish to this one in Brisbane. Stunning stuff, huge character from the Reds. That wraps up a classic.
80 Hooter has sounded but the Reds are going for it, looking for a penalty for Harris. Lucas steps and spins, both sides out on their feet. Can they work a chance for a drop goal?
79 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TANAKA! 31-31: There it is! What a finish to this one as Tanaka dives over the top of the ruck and scores! That's a bonus point for the Highlanders as Parker lands the all-important conversion.
78 Free kick and Manu is off, Highlanders deep in their 22. Advantage played, all on the line here. Back for the penalty, tapped, are they over?! We're going upstairs!
77 The Highlanders are buzzing. Attacking in the Reds half and they win the penalty. Kick to the corner with three minutes left...
75 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, OSBORNE! 31-24: Interception try for Osborne! Davies does brilliantly to close him down but can't dislodge the ball with the tackle as Osborne goes 70 metres to score! Thriller at the death in Brisbane.
73 Good position for the Reds as they pick and go inside the 22. Stolen and the Highlanders clear upfield, kick from Evans of all people!
71 Big call against the Highlanders as a try for Ben Smith is ruled out to a previous obstruction by Fekitoa. No complaints and the Reds have a penalty which they kick to touch.
70 Breakdown penalty won by the Highlanders on their 22. Ten minutes left here.
68 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS. 31-17. Harris makes no mistake from the kicking tee to extend the home side's lead!
67 The Reds look to attack from the back of a scrum on the visitors' 10-metre but their front row is pinged for an indiscretion at the set piece.
64 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER! 28-17. Hayden Parker is on and has taken over the kicking duties. His first effort is on target and narrows the gap to 11 points!
61 Ben Smith passes to Fekitoa, deep inside the Reds' 22! He offloads to Buckman, who is shepherded into touch by Mike Harris and Dom Shipperley.
59 The Highlanders are on the attack, close to the Reds' 22 but Osborne knocks on a poor pass from Fekitoa.
57 The Reds win a tighthead at a scrum on the halfway mark! Schatz takes it into contact before Genia launches a box kick which Buckman gathers inside his 22.
55 The Reds are fighting back and are back on the attack just inside the Highlanders' half. Horwill and Slipper are prominent ball carriers.
52 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, BUCKMAN! 28-14: Highlanders win a free kick at the scrum and opt to pack down again. Side to side and after Sopoaga's kick ricochets back B.Smith finds Buckman in the corner to dot down. Sopoaga converts.
50 Getting a bit loose at Suncorp as the Reds come unstuck playing too much rugby in their own half. Highlanders trying to go wide but knock on short of the line. It's going to open up.
48 TRY, REDS, SCHATZ! 28-7: So much power from the Reds tonight and the Highlanders scrum is now match there. Schatz is at the bottom of the pile as the scrum powers over the line. Bonus point for the Reds.
46 Poor pass from A.Smith back to Sopoaga right on his own line, so the Reds have a brilliant attacking scrum position.
44 TRY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 21-7: Highlanders scrum in midfield. Buckman up the middle, Manu to five metres out. Good run from Robinson, is this the moment? Treeby scuttles up after gathering the loose ball and Sopoaga is over! Is the comeback on? The fly-half converts.
42 Penalty won by the Highlanders who kick into the corner. Robinson on for Coltman as the Highlanders get a second attacking penalty. Promising stuff this.
40 Second half is underway in Brisbane as the Reds are forced backwards from a loose pass. Up to the 22.
40 REDS 21-0 HIGHLANDERS
40 One final attack for the Highlanders before the half is out. Hoeata knocks on and that's the interval - what a dominant half of rugby by the Reds, their best this season. Dominating the contact are and lineout, they go in three tries up and looking good for the win.
40 Another stolen lineout for the Highlanders and Genia clears. Good steal from Simmons there up in the skies. Highlanders looking very demoralised heading into half-time.
37 Highlanders battling back to five metres out from the line. But that's another one lost forward, Highlanders struggling to control the ball. Depressing for the visitors as the Reds stand tall.
34 TRY, REDS, SHIPPERLEY! 21-0: Reds breakdown work is truly excellent - with B.Smith stranded in his 22 they turn the ball over and Shipperley gathers Genia's kick over the top to score! Easy as that and the Reds have a huge lead. Harris adds the two.
32 Highlanders have to respond but again they lose the ball at the ruck - that's nine turnovers this half. Impossible to win if that keeps happening. Scrum to the Reds.
30 TRY, REDS, DAVIES! 14-0: Oh boy, taxi for Sopoaga. Chasing back to gather a chip kick from Genia he can't gather the ball and it bounces loose for Davies to dot down! Howler from the Highlanders, fine conversion from Harris.
28 Reds maul working beautifully again as the Highlanders stay onside and stop the momentum five metres out. Stolen, Highlanders clear.
26 Highlanders really on the wrong side of the referee at the breakdown as they cough up another penalty. Harris into touch in the 22.
24 Reds win their lineout on their 22. Genia clears and Osborne makes a break but his offload is snatched up by Genia. Open play as Manu beats but King knocks on receiving the pass. Breathless stuff.
21 Highlanders scrum now as they look for their first points. Into the 22, Fekitoa carrying well but Robinson is everywhere at the moment at the breakdown, turning that one over as the Reds clear. Kicking from both sides with a knock on. Threaded kick from Sopoaga into the corner.
19 Reds pinned back initially with Harris doing enough to get the ball away. Highlanders set up 40 metres out but their lineout is shocking. Reds scrum.
17 Highlanders struggling to contain that Reds maul and their penalty count is rising. Reds win another and kick to the 22.
15 Fine take under the high ball from Osborne and the Highlanders win a penalty, kicking to the corner. Lineout though is lost, Reds clearing through Genia. Good break from Treeby but once again the Reds win a breakdown penalty! Three in a row now.
13 TRY, REDS, BROWNING! 7-0: Blinding break from Harris puts the Reds right on the attack a few metres out. Has Browning squeezed through their under the bodies? He has! Try to the Reds and they take the lead at Suncorp. Good work from Simmons beforehand. Harris converts.
11 Stoppage in play after an injury for Fia who goes off for a concussion test. King on.
11 A.Smith looking for territory as both teams try and settle down. Genia running free off an offload from Horwill but is dragged down. Scrum Reds on the edge of the 22.
10 Kick through from Shipperley and it's a foot race! Highlanders get back in time but Osborne's clearance is charged down. Reds offside though so the Highlanders have the penalty and clear.
8 Ball lost by the Reds as the gamble doesn't pay off. Highlanders clear away and produce some lovely handling in attack, but Osborne is isolated and the Reds win a penalty. Chance to clear.
6 Good maul from the Reds wins them a penalty, trying to play the advantage but Sopoaga intercepts. Harris kicks into the corner.
5 Long passage of play as Smith breaks through the defensive line, but the Reds win a penalty at the breakdown. Cleared over halfway
Promising attack for the Highlanders as Christie makes ground, but it ends with a knock-on. Reds clear.
2 High box kick from Genia as Smith miscontrols it, but he does enough to regather and they win the penalty.
Sopoaga gets us underway! Osborne looking dangerous but he's bundled into touch on the near side.
A good night in Brisbane with Suncorp appearing to have recovered from State of Origin on Wednesday. Kickoff is imminent.
Highlanders head coach Jamie Joseph has made three changes to his forward pack for this clash. Liam Coltman returns in the number two jersey after missing the loss to the Crusaders with a calf injury, with Ged Robinson dropping to the bench. Ma'afu Fia gets the start at tighthead prop ahead of Chris King, also amongst the replacements, while Gareth Evans will pack down on the blindside instead of Elliot Dixon.
Reds scrum-half Will Genia will play his 100th match for the Brisbane-based franchise in this match. Reds boss Richard Graham has made a number of changes to the side that lost to the Melbourne Rebels two weekends ago, with further injuries forcing some selection decisions. In the forwards, experienced hooker Saia Fainga'a (calf) and props Jono Owen (back) and Ben Daley (thumb) are unavailable for selection due to injuries received during their last match. Flanker Eddie Quirk was a late withdrawal from consideration after rupturing his ACL at training during the week. In the backs, Quade Cooper (shoulder) and Chris Feauai-Sautia (shoulder) are out for the remainder of the season, while Lachie Turner (ankle) and Aidan Toua (pectoral) are not expected to return from their lengthy injury lay-offs until after the June Test window. In some good news for the side, prop James Slipper returns to the starting lineup following a three-week suspension for a lifting tackle. Slipper will slot straight into loosehead in place of injured prop Ben Daley. Graham has made two changes to the starting backline, with Ben Lucas coming in for the injured Quade Cooper and Rod Davies returning to the XV to replace Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, who moves to the bench.
Hello and welcome to the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for this Super Rugby clash between the Reds and the Highlanders. We'll be back soon with team news!
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